Brad Mehldau: Dear Prudence
Brad Mehldau (piano)
Largo (Warner Bros 48114)
Brad Mehldau (piano),
Derek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz (bass), Jim Keltner (drums), Matt Chamberlain (shaker, percussion).
Composed by Lennon/McCartney.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, April 2-8, 2001
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Brad Mehldau sounds completely comfortable bridging the gap between rock and jazz, and "Dear Prudence" is another of his unforced, genre-spanning efforts. He never overworks his covers by trying to do too much with them; instead, he respects the compositional boundaries and celebrates what made the tune great in the first place. The pianist's take on the melody here is pretty straightforward, and though the mood is mellow, the groove is buoyant thanks to Oles's swinging bass. The star, though, is Jim Keltner, the renowned rock session drummer who actually recorded with three of the Fab Four (Lennon, Harrison and Starr). His work is loose but precise, unpredictable and subtly extraordinary. His understated playing behind Mehldau's solo is fantastic, especially his slyly capricious hi-hat accents and floor-tom fills. Close listening will be richly rewarded.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic
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